The Project’s Joel Creasey took a cheeky swipe at the flailing
Pointing out an embarrassing, though very minor, gaffe made by Georgie Gardner Friday morning, the comedian drew chuckles from his fellow panellists – including former Today co-host Lisa Wilkinson, who headed the panel alongside Karl Stefanovic in the show's heyday.
Wilkinson defected from Channel 9 to Channel 10 following a wide-reported pay disparity dispute between her Stefanovic in 2017.
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Tonight, the panel couldn t help but giggle when Creasey drew attention to the fact that Gardner was seemingly unfamiliar with popular US musician Lizzo.
“To anyone who doesn’t think the Today show is down with the kids, let me assure you are wrong, "Creasey began, before airing a clip of the panel returning from an ad break to Lizzo's hit Good As Hell.
"Thank you, Lizzie, Lizzo, isn't it?", Gardner fumbled as his co-hosts chuckled sympathetically beside her.
"We are doing well, keeping up with the peeps," Gardner joked.
Mocking the hosts as the footage cut out, Creasey said; "Yeah, G and D, down with the peeps," before shaking his head and muttering "terrible" while Waleed Aly, Lisa Wilkinson and Monty Dimond laughed.
Attempting to compose herself, Wilkinson put her head down to conceal her laughter as the The Project – which, in contrast to Today, is presented for its genuine chemistry between presenters, went to an ad break.
It came after a bumpy morning for the Today show on Friday.
Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight, Earlier in the program, joined by newsreader Tom Steinfort, Tony Jones from Sandown Racetrack.
Jones posed a question to his colleagues.
The next minute of failed banters – complete with abrupt replies from the visibly taken abacks reactions from the trio in Sydney – is hard to watch, to say the least.
Steinfort suggested a classic Four 'N
Gardner suggested "a kangaroo burger, maybe", which elicited a seemingly cranky shot from Jones.
"Oh, you just go and slaughter kangaroo, would you, Georgie?" He said.
"Kangaroo meat is readily available across Australia. That’s not uncommon. ”She quickly shot back.
Knight tried to lighten the mood by asking if Jones had taken his cavoodle Archie with him.
"Deb, we’re at a racetrack," Jones spat. "Probably not a great idea to bring the dog, I wouldn't have thought."
Knight wrapped up the entire cringe-worthy cross by apologising.
"OK, well sorry for asking. Never mind. Good on you, TJ. "
The flagship breakfast program was plagued by disappointing ratings all year despite a revamped format and new hosting line-up, and sank to their lowest-ever point last week.
Persistent rumors suggest current co-hosts Georgie Gardner and Deborah Knight will be dumped in favor of the return of Karl Stefanovic, joined by Allison Langdon, in 2020.